Our carers come from diverse backgrounds and have different motivations for becoming a support worker. Some are after flexibility while they study or while they take care of their families. Others have retired from long and successful careers and see care work as a way to make a difference.
Years ago, Richard had to leave his job as a software engineer due to illness. He experienced firsthand the importance of receiving support from the community, and saw being a support worker as a chance to give back. He connected deeply with Afea’s values and is now enjoying his time as an Afea Carer.
Keep reading to learn more about Richard, or watch our video below.
When did you first join Afea as carer?
What led you to Afea?
I looked at the Afea website and noticed that Afea’s values aligned strongly with mine. My work at Afea is all about having that personal connection and making a difference. I had a life changing experience 20 years ago when I was diagnosed with brain cancer, and I would not be working for Afea if I did not receive support from the community around me. As a carer, I want to give something back to the community.
What is your proudest moment at Afea as carer?
I once worked with a client, a young man in his 20s who has suffered a brain injury. He lived in a little apartment, and out in the yard, he started tossing a kid’s soccer ball with me. The people around him said they never saw him do that with anyone. And he really enjoyed it. That is one of my proudest moments, making that connection.
What do you like most about Afea?
Working as part of a team with common values to achieve the best outcomes for clients. Even though the Care Coordinators are technically my bosses, they are also my colleagues and we are working towards a common goal.
Join Afea as a Carer
Whether you’re a student, a semi-retiree or an experienced support worker looking for flexible hours and meaningful work in a supportive environment, we have a place for you at Afea. Apply as a carer now!